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2010.09.16 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

McKenna to Present Pearl Blizek Lecture on Religion and Art

Omaha - J. J. McKenna will present the Fall 2010 Pearl Blizek Lecture on Religion and Art Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.

The event – "Here, I listen for your light, while, somewhere, you paint my song" (Die Leider) – will be held in the Thompson Alumni Center Centennial Room on the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

John J. McKenna is professor of English at UNO. Over a career that spans 40 years, McKenna has published poetry in such journals as Ariel IV, Chaminade Literary Review, The Cape Rock, The Climbing Art, English Quarterly, Eureka Literary Magazine, Hawaii Review, Ideals Magazine, Journal of Kentucky Studies, The Louisville Review, Midwest Quarterly, Nebraska Presence: The State of Poetry, Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel, Plains Song Review, Plainsongs, Platte Valley Review, Poet and Critic, Petroglyph, Sou'sweter, and Voices International.

He recently published his first book of poetry, Wind and Water. Copies of the book will be for sale after the lecture; McKenna will be available to autograph copies.

The lecture is sponsored by the Religious Studies and Art History programs at UNO and through the generous support of the Pearl Blizek Lecture on Religion and Art Fund.

For more information, contact Dr. William L. Blizek: (402) 554-3347 or wblizek@unomaha.edu.

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